1-2-1 Mentoring

Our 1-2-1 mentoring appointments will open for bookings on Thursday 22nd October.

Secure your place today to gain access to this great opportunity!

If you are looking for business mentoring support from senior industrialists from across the region’s business community then this is the place for you, as we are once again offering pre-bookable one-2-one ‘Meet the Mentor’ sessions to all attending member* delegates and exhibitors.

Meet the Mentor provides you with the opportunity to get in front of the right people and source valuable information regarding your products and services and how you can develop and enhance your offering to the sector. Whether you are looking for information on the latest trends and industry needs, understanding procurement procedures, pitching techniques or generic business and sales support, Meet the Mentors can provide you with the perfect platform to make this happen.

Details of this year’s mentoring companies and the available appointments will be released in November. Companies will be given one week to make appointment selections (maximum 3 per company). All appointments still available after this time will be offered to those companies registering on or after the release date.

Last year, a staggering 156+ meetings took place in just over 2 hours, so don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity.

*This element of the conference is open to MEMBERS ONLY. For more information about NEPIC and the benefits of joining the cluster, click here.

Introducing your Industrial Mentors

  • Aesica – Engineering Manager
  • Alpek Polyester – Operations Manager
  • Arcinova – Drug Products
  • BOC – Operations Manager
  • Bilfinger – Business Development Manager
  • CF Fertilisers – Engineering Manager
  • Conoco Phillips – Engineering / Projects Manager
  • Falck – Director of Fire Services
  • Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies– Operations Engineering Manager
  • ITS – Managing Director
  • Navigator – Operations Manager
  • PD Ports – Engineering Manager
  • Px Limited – Engineering / Projects Manager
  • Sembcorp Energy – Procurement Manager
  • Seqens – Operations & Engineering
  • Teesworks – EHS, Operations and Engineering Managers
  • Venator – Site services, Engineering, Projects and Contracts Manager
  • Wood – Engineering Manager

Introducing your Business Support Mentors

Business Doctors

Business Doctors offer ‘hands-on’ support to business owners helping them to overcome their individual challenges and supporting them to achieve business growth. Whilst we operate within the consulting industry, we are not traditional consultants. Our approach is different and involves getting into the nuts and bolts of businesses providing practical advice every step of the way. Business Doctors has a strong network of advisors across the North East of England. See more on

Department of International Trade (DIT)

The DIT is the go-to organisation regarding export support whether this is creating an export profile, finding export markets and opportunities. DIT North East works with businesses of all sizes, providing advice, expertise and support to ensure your success within international markets. Whether you are a new or experienced exporter, DIT can provide you with the knowledge and expertise of highly experienced international trade specialists, who will support your entry into new markets with confidence. This year DIT can also help you with the requirements for business requirements when exiting the EU. See more on

Centre for Process Innovation (CPI)

At CPI we work with our partners to develop products and processes that enhance health and well-being, protect and improve our environment and increase productivity across industries. Our partners operate across diverse markets including Healthcare, Food & Agriculture, FMCG, Electronics, Energy, Transportation and Construction. CPI can support these industries through our unique innovation processes, together with our diverse and expanding platform of technological expertise. These include therapeutic biologics, industrial biotech, nanotechnology, chemistry and formulation, printed electronics and sensors. Overall the combination of CPI’s innovation processes and our outstanding scientific expertise, enables our partners to get more products to market faster and at a lower overall cost. See more on


Recovery4Life provides specialist drug, alcohol and mental health services. We offer testing, training and treatment services for business, including testing for COVID-19 to support your business continuity. Recovery4 Life will be able to provide business advice in terms of drug, alcohol and wellbeing in the workplace. They have also  been doing a lot of work around Covid-19 testing and management, looking at issues such as what tests to use and when at different points in the Covid-19 life-cycle, and the emerging mental and physical health impacts (‘long Covid’), and how they will affect businesses going forward. See more on


Bonaccord is a multi-awarding winning law firm specialising in the support of science-based businesses. We primarily work with life science, food & drink, space and satellite entrepreneurs, specialty chemical and innovative engineering companies from start-ups to multinationals. Services range from securing investment, corporate organisation and intellectual property strategy to R&D collaborations, licensing deals, manufacturing and international distribution agreements. In collaboration with our multidisciplinary international network we can assist clients expand across Europe and beyond. In addition to providing legal services and business consultancy the firm also offers the mediation of commercial disputes and training courses in a number of business skills. See more on


The Tees Valley Combined Authority(TVCA) has an ambitious Strategic Economic Plan to grow the local economy. Our plan will see the creation of 25,000 new jobs in the region over the next ten years, creating a period of sustained economic growth through inward investment.

Tees Valley has much to offer potential investors. Whether it is starting up a new business, an opportunity to grow your company or the relocation of an existing business, Tees Valley has the infrastructure to support major investments.

Tees Valley has a world-class reputation across our key sectors with an established infrastructure and supply chain in the offshoreadvanced manufacturing and engineeringchemicals and process and logistics sectors. Key emerging sectors include life sciencesdigitalenergy and renewable and business services. Significant investment has been made in infrastructure and facilities, creating sectors that are full of potential for future investors.

Tees Valley has many advantages over other areas. Not only are we a cost-competitive location, we are also ripe for investment, with exciting new opportunities on the South Tees Development Corporation, the new Tees Advanced Manufacturing Park and Central Park, a major hub for healthcare and life sciences businesses.

Tees Valley’s Enterprise Zones offer financial incentives for companies looking to invest and include a range of sites, from town-centre offices to large areas of prime cleared land ready for large-scale industrial investment.

There is also plenty of support available from Tees Valley Combined Authority and Tees Valley Business who can help with finding premises and a skilled workforce and can assist with funding applications through the Tees Investment Fund. See more on

Experienced Mentors from the Process Sector

We have three very experienced mentors from the sector who have all been successful in starting up and developing businesses related to the process industry. They have a wealth of knowledge to help companies to be successful.

Malcolm Knott, the Managing Director of Industrial Technology Systems (ITS), has over 40 years’ experience in engineering. He started his career at ICI in 1971 and spent almost 20 years specialising in Fibres and Engineering.

Malcolm recognised that there was a gap in the marketplace for a high-quality solution provider that could offer a full range of industrial control and computing services. In 1991 he left ICI to set up his own company – Industrial Technology Systems. ITS has grown into an award-winning company with extensive pharmaceutical experience, offering a wide range of services from small upgrades through to full turnkey projects and support.

As a member of various institutes and forums including the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE), the GAMP® Forum and the Institute of Directors, Malcolm keeps up to date with the latest industry developments.  His specialties include – Consultancy in Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Validation and Project Management for large multi discipline projects.

Dai Hayward is an experienced CEO with a demonstrated history in the start-up & growth sector. He is skilled in Business Planning, Innovation Management, Sales, Entrepreneurship, and International Business. He has an MBA from Henley Business School. Dai is currently CEO at Micropore Technologies Limited, a key SME operating in the process sector.

George Ritchie in an experience industrialist with a career that spanned 50 years. He remains very heavily involved in apprenticeships and skills, working with Government Departments and the Education Skills Funding Agency as Chairman of North East Employer Apprenticeships Ambassadors Network. George can provide business advice in relation to apprenticeships, traineeships, T-Levels, Kick Start and Industrial placements., as well as the variety of offers from Government due to issues from the pandemic. 

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